The 2017 NBA Draft is tomorrow and the rumors are flying around at a frenetic pace. There's the buzz around Jimmy Butler and Paul George trades and a few other deals, including D'Angelo Russell to the Nets, have already happened. NBA Free Agency is also just around the corner and there are rumors about which big-name players could switch teams. Here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Mavs And Timberwolves Talking Trade?
The Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves are in discussions about a potential draft night trade. Mike Fisher of Scout.com and 1053 The Fan reports the two sides have had discussions about a swap. Fisher adds that the Mavs have talks with all teams, but here's what he reports:
"Before Monday night, it might’ve been accurate to be specific about a single Mavs interest: French point guard Frank Ntilikina. But now, on the eve of the draft, Dallas’ research, and ours, expands the reasons for these specific conversations ... Minnesota’s down-low desire to draft Gonzaga center Zach Collins is the central fuel of the talks. The Mavs are not singularly interested in Ntilikina. In fact, sources tell us that Dennis Smith Jr., the scoring point guard from North Carolina State, has inched ahead of Ntilikina due to his 'ready-made' ability to help the roster immediately."
Fisher also reports the Mavs would love to land FSU forward Jonathan Isaac if the Magic pass on him at No. 6 overall. So, the Mavs and Minnesota could pull off a trade that nets the TWolves Collins while trading down, with the Mavs getting their PG or maybe even Isaac.
Paul Millsap Sign-And-Trade?
The Hawks have already flipped C Dwight Howard and now they're exploring options of dumping forward Paul Millsap. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports the Hawks are looking into sign-and-trade options to ensure they get something in return for the unrestricted free agent.
"[The Dwight Howard trade] is the Hawks sending a signal that they are going into a full rebuild mode, and it would also imply that Paul Millsap probably will not be back with the organization," Windhorst said. "There are three or four teams out there that are willing to give Millsap a max contract, and sources have told me that the Hawks have begun getting some feelers on sign-and-trades. Teams like the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets are interested in Paul Millsap."
More teams are likely interested in Millsap, but those are the top three. The Suns have plenty of assets to pull off a sign-and-trade. Arizona radio host John Gambadoro reports Tyson Chandler could be involved in a potential sign-and-trade for Millsap. The Hawks do need a new center with Howard gone.
Paul George Latest:
The Paul George trade saga continues, with many expecting George to be dealt before the NBA Draft. However, Nate Taylor of the Indy Star reports that might not be the case.
"An Indiana Pacers’ trade involving Paul George being completed before Thursday’s NBA draft doesn’t appear imminent," Taylor writes. "The Pacers, according to multiple league sources, are considering multiple trade offers for George, but the team doesn’t feel pressure to get a deal done by Thursday."
Taylor writes the Pacers have had discussions with the Lakers, Rockets and Cavs, but the offers from those teams haven't been enough for Indiana to pull the trigger. However, Taylor also writes the Pacers are optimistic the offers will improve before the draft. If not, Taylor reports the Pacers could elect to wait until later in the summer and even up to training camp to deal George.
The offers have been underwhelming due to George's desire to play in Los Angeles. That makes George a rental for any team that trades for him. There's a very good chance the Pacers are attempting to drive up the offers for George by leaking that they'll hold off on trading him until after the draft.Back to the NBA Newsfeed
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